Tony Orrico | Guests | deFINE ART 2014

Tony Orrico, "Vessel For Governing." Photograph by Juan Carlo. Courtesy of the artist and MARSO gallery, Mexico City.

Tony Orrico

Tony Orrico (b. 1979, Hinsdale, Illinois) is a visual artist, performer and choreographer whose work merges the act of drawing with choreographic gesture and bio-geometrics. His works stem from the examination and exploration of his ability to transform his physical and mental endurance into visual compositions.

As a former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts, Orrico has graced stages including the Sydney Opera House, Australia; Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy; New York State Theater; and Théâtre du Palais-Royal, Paris. He was one of a select group of artists to re-perform the work of Marina Abramović during her retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He recently moved back to Chicago after living and working in New York City for the last 10 years.

Orrico's work has been presented and exhibited throughout the U.S., France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain. He was featured at "PopTech 2011: The World Rebalancing," as well as at the New Museum, New York, and the Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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Orrico attended Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, where he took his first dance class. He holds an M.F.A. in choreography from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.


  • National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
  • Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City
  • Cranbrook Art Museum